“Spider-Man: No Way Home” unwrapped the best Christmas gift of all, becoming the first pandemic-era movie to cross $1 billion at the global box office.
Sony’s comic-book epic has eclipsed that milestone in a near-record 12 days, tying with 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the third-fastest film to reach the billion-dollar benchmark.
Only 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” were quicker, smashing the coveted tally in 11 and five days, respectively.
It’s impressive that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” managed to blow past $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide given the rapidly spreading omicron variant of Covid-19.
It makes Tom Holland’s Marvel superhero adventure the only movie since 2019’s “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to surpass $1 billion globally. No other Hollywood film has come close to nearing those box office revenues in the last two years.
Prior to Spidey’s reign, MGM’s James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” which grossed $774 million globally, stood as the highest-grossing Hollywood film of 2021 and the pandemic.
As the first movie to reach $1 billion worldwide, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” took the earthly throne from another box-office giant, China’s “The Battle at Lake Changjin” $902 million, to officially cement its place as the year’s highest-grossing film worldwide.
It’s also notable that “No Way Home” surpassed that high-watermark without playing in China, which is currently the world’s biggest moviegoing market.
In the United States, the film’s ten-day total to a mammoth $467 million. That tally is more than double the next highest-grossing movie in Disney and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which earned a mighty $224 million.
At the international box office, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has made $587 million to date, bringing its global revenues to $1.05 billion.